Student Assistance Information
The Assistant Dean of Students provides assistance and support for students who are
away from the campus for a minimum of three class days due to illness, personal or family emergencies. A note will be circulated to the
student's professors advising the professor of the absence. The student is also encouraged
to contact his/her professors to make arrangements on any missed work.
To utilize this service, the student or family member needs to complete the Request
Instructor Notification for Absences Form. In some cases, if a student is unable to
return to one or more of their classes, the Student Assistance Team can be helpful
in determining the best course of action. Students or family members should contact
the office at 610-436-3086 to discuss their options.
For other incidents or behaviors of concerns, the Assistant Dean of Students works in conjunction with the Student Behavior Review
Committee to provide outreach to students when concerns for their health, welfare
and safety are identified. Please complete the Concerning Incident or Behavior Form to provide notification to the Assistant Dean.
If you have any questions, please call Dr. Kimberly Chestnut, Assistant Dean of Students.
610-436-3086, or Christy Lanshe at 610-436-0165
If the situation is an emergency, please call Public Safety at 610-436-3311.
Dr. Kimberly Chestnut
Dr. Chestnut is pleased to serve as the Assistant Dean of Students, providing direct
student assistance on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs and overseeing Student
Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, Wellness Promotion, and Center
for Women and Gender Equity. Kimberly has a background in health education, human
sexuality, psychology, and diversity leadership. She is excited to work with West
Chester students and is committed to helping them succeed. West Chester University
is well resourced to support student health, safety, and success. You are encouraged
to call on any department for support information and contact Kimberly if she can
be of help.
Christy joined West Chester University in 2008. Since 2010, she has been a member
of the Student Health Services team, overseeing the front desk operations for the
demanding clinic, and is a proud advocate for student success. In the office of Student
Assistance, she is a point of contact for individuals who are in need of support when
they are absent from class three or more consecutive days, due to a reason or concern
of an appropriate matter. She works closely with the Assistant Dean of Students to
ensure the proper channels are selected to notify professors when necessary. She is
approachable, friendly and a confidential/trusting source. She enjoys seeing the students
thrive throughout their years at WCU and wants them to have a great college experience.
Christy's trainings and certificates include: Mental Health First Aid USA, LGBTQA
ally, Faculty/Staff Green Dot Bystander for Sexual Assault Prevention, and TRANS 101
to further her knowledge and awareness to confirm her commitment to understanding
and supporting Transgender/Non-Binary students at WCU. She has also participated in
a Rainbow Connection Leadership Conference as a moderator.